The Aberdeen Ironbirds don't really have a prospect-laden roster. The team features a lot of older players who probably won't wind up doing too much. However, there is some talent here, so let's take a look at a few guys.
Hector Veloz, 3B
When I first saw Veloz take batting practice, I knew there was something here. He hit everything hard and he showed a lot of pop. This doesn't exactly translate to the games yet because he mostly sits fastball and has trouble with off-speed offerings. He tends to shift his weight a too early at times which leaves him making a weak wave at pitches. However, when he does stay back, the contact is loud. At third base, the movements aren't great, but he does have a very good arm. He has a thick body so I'm not sure he can stick at third, but I do think he has the potential to hit enough to play first. He did just turn 19, however, so there's a long way to go. The last thing on Veloz that really impresssed me is how excited he looks to be playing the game. He's very aware and very engaged on the field with each pitch. After he misfielded a bunt he went up to the pitcher and looked as though he was apologizing for not getting it. You don't see that a lot, especially from someone so young playing on an older team.
Trey Mancini, 1B
Mancini has a long swing, but also big time raw power. He puts on big shows during batting practice, putting the ball over the fence and off the wall with ease. There's swing and miss, but obviously you can't ignore the raw. Unfortunately, he's going to have to rake all the way up the minors because he's a long term first baseman. He's not very athletic and he doesn't have much of an arm so it's either first or bust. As a college guy coming out of Notre Dame, he should move quickly, so we should see if he can mash up the ladder relatively soon.
Manny Hernandez, RF
Hernandez caught my eye during batting practice because of his swing. He legs arm close together, but he has an open stance with a lot of pre-swing movement. The movement is an issue, but with a big timing step he's able to create a lot of leverage in his swing and he was spraying line drives from gap to gap. In his first at-bat he lined a single right back up the middle. However, in his second at-bat, he was fed three streak breaking balls and struck out, whiffing on two of them. His timinig mechanism allows him to create leverage, but it also hurts him when dealing with off-speed offerings. In the field he seems to have average range out in right, but I didn't get to see him throw. He's only 20, which is why I find him interesting. He still has time to make some adjustments.
Luc Rennie, RHSP
Rennie is youngest player on the team and just turned 19 two months ago. He has a 6'2" 200 lb frame, though from looking at him, I feel he can add a little bit more. He came out throwing his fastball at 89-91, but settled in at 88-89 with some armside tail. His best secondary pitch was an 11-to-5 curveball that sat 72-74 and had some very good shape. He rounded out the arsenal with an 83-85 change up with some fade. However, the pitch was a little inconsistent as he floated a few of them. His delivery is simple and has limited movement which allows him to repeat it with ease. Rennie's stuff played up a little bit because he was very good at sequencing his pitches. He was willing to go back-to-back on change ups and curveballs, while also mixing up all three pitches well. He seemed to lose a little bit of velocity in his final inning (the fifth), but that could be because of a lack of experience. His age makes him very interesting since he already has a feel for three pitches.
David Richardson, RHSP
The 5'10" Richardson has really easy arm action from a 3/4 slot with almost no effort. He sits 90-92 with his fastball and touches 93, but he doesn't have great command of the pitch and tends to get around it at times and cut it. However, the easiness of it makes me believe he could add another tick or two going forward. The right-hander also features a curveball that has decent shape in the 76-79 range and a change up in the 84-85 range with some nice vertical drop to it. He also has a very good presence on the mound and has a cockiness about him, something that I like to see in pitchers. His size makes me think he's a reliever long term, but he needs to work on making his release a little more consistent.
Jimmy Yacabonis, RHRP
Yacabonis was a reliever drafted in the 13th round this year and he just screams deception. While delivering a pitch his whole body jumps towards the plate which can kind of speed things up for the hitter. Also, he has a little twist when he leg kicks which allows him to hide the ball very well, making it hard on righties. As far as stuff goes, he's a two pitch guy who features an 88-90 fastball that touches 91 and 92, along with a 79-83 short-breaking slider. The stuff isn't overwhelming, but the decption does help it play up and makes him interesting.